Don Carlo, an opera in which private desires struggle with responsibilities arising from social and political status. With its artistic value and lasting legacy, it is one of the top operatic works inspired by major historical themes. Verdi, the greatest phenomenon of Italian opera, emphasises in Don Carlos individual conduct of his characters. Unlike in some of Verdi’s earlier patriotic opuses, mass scenes no longer represent the heart or core of the storyline. Ultimately, even the very arias no longer stand on traditional schemes. Instead, with their expression and unique shape, fascinating plasticity and redolence, they create deep psychological relief of grand characters.
Running time: 3 hrs 40 mins with two interval